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Climate Change: Stop Adapting, Start Preparing

(originally published June 7, 2012 at ecoAffect.org) Despite political polarization, there are some aspects of the climate issue where broad public consensus obtains. For instance, according to ecoAmerica’s “American Climate and Environmental Values Survey,”1 80 percent of Americans now agree with the statement, “I’ve noticed changes in the seasonal weather patterns where I live.” 77 percent

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Connecting with Americans: A Fresh Perspective

On October 4, 2011, 80 strategic leaders representing academia, business, government, media, NGOs and foundations from various sectors gathered in Washington, DC to share thoughts on protecting ecosystems, people and our planet from the accelerating affects of atmospheric pollution. In a structured day of expert speakers and working groups, participants prioritized solutions to break through

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Hint: Try Facts and Reality

Science is key to denier arguments about climate change. They keep the denial debate vibrant by claiming the science isn’t settled. They embrace the any scientist who disagrees with some aspect of a climate report as if he or she was a messiah. In response, like Pavlov’s dogs, we begin to drool. Environmentalists keep drooling

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Solution as Problem?: Sociologists on the Climate Wars

(originally published April 25, 2011 in ecoAffect.org) Perhaps more than any other issue save abortion, climate change solutions as developed by progressive environmentalists embodied the divide in political philosophies in America. Republicans who champion freedom, American independence and free-market capitalism while abhorring big government and tax solutions to problems found Cap and Trade and the

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Climate Communications: Conflicts and Opportunities

(published in Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, March 2010 Vol. 4, Issue 1, page 66) Right wing political pundits in America review the New York Times on a daily basis seeking grist to rouse the rancor of their rabid followers. When ‘‘Struggling to Save the Planet, With a Thesaurus’’ hit the front

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Beyond Words

“If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.”       Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC) “One of the most essential roles of the ecologist is to create the language in

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Seeking to Save the Planet, With a Thesaurus

Here I was interviewed by the New York Times about environmentalism.

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An Interview with Bob Perkowitz

Here’s an interview I did for treehugger.com  

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Why won’t America’s environmentalists accept positive developments?

There are winners, there are losers, and there are people who just don’t get it. If you’ve been paying attention, you know that in spite of the best efforts of tens of thousands of dedicated environmentalists and the spending of literally hundreds of millions of philanthropic dollars, the environment has been losing. Not to stretch

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Win-win solutions to the war in Iraq

Limiting the debate to stay or flee limits America’s options Special to the Observer The biggest issue in America today is Iraq.  If, how and when the America military leaves Iraq has immense implications on our national security, international reputation, domestic politics and our economy.  Moreover, every month that we delay a solution to the

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